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CONFIRMED: This summer’s best air show will be …

… not here. As much as I’m digging getting buzzed by the only fly-able B-29 in the world here at Oshkosh AirVenture, it’s not the best air show in the world this summer — by far. Neither does that distinction belong to last month’s Paris Air Show, which was unusually bereft of debut appearances by […]

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Does India want yet another stealth fighter?

India may be working on a third stealth fighter project. We know the Ministry of Defense has already pledged to co-develop the FGFA variant of the Russian Sukhoi PAK-FA stealth fighter, and it’s Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is already working on designing the twin-engined advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA). That means the Indian […]

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VIDEO: PAK-FA needs advanced composites. Can Russia make them?

One of the key questions about Russia’s PAK-FA fighter program concerns the national industry’s capacity to produce the advanced composites required for stealth fighters. Indeed, the question, “Can Russia’s emerging composites industry keep up with production” was nearly topped the list of questions in an exhaustive PAK-FA dossier published last year by David Markov and […]

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F-15E somehow steals Moscow air show from PAK-FA [UPDATED!]

UPDATE: Crisis averted! I am reliably informed the T-50 prototype will make an appearance at the MAKS air show in August. The aircraft has been noticed in advertisements for MAKS under the slogan “every time a premier”, implying the T-50 will be this year’s star attraction. Photo of F-15E courtesy of US Air Force. Huh? […]

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VIDEO: T-50-2 first flight appears on YouTube

This has been floating around the web for a few weeks, but it’s new to me — and perhaps to some of you, too. Never miss an opportunity to see the very photo-genic prototype of Russia’s PAK-FA program. The second prototype first flew on 5 March at Sukhoi’s flight test site on Komsomolsk-on-Amur. That came […]

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VIDEO: New paint scheme for Sukhoi T-50-2

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[UPDATED]: Russia’s T-50 has a sister, and she’s about to fly

[UPDATE: T-50-2 completed a 57min flight this morning, landing at 11:44am. There are now two flying prototypes in the PAKFA program. H/t: Secretprojects.co.uk . See more photos.] First flight of the second prototype of the PAK-FA stealth fighter is expected very soon after reports surfaced on spotter-boards of taxi tests completed today at the Russian test […]

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VIDEO: Top USAF generals react to Russian, Chinese stealth fighters

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VIDEO: Picturing PAK-DA — Russia’s next strategic bomber

Moving quickly behind the PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter program is Russia’s replacement for the Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22 fleet. Literally translated as “promising long-range aviation aircraft complex”, PAK-DA is a long-term development project, according to Sukhoi’s latest annual report (see page 37), although Russian media outlets have reported the schedule calls for first flight within seven […]

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VIDEO: More of PAK-FA’s first air show surfaces

Russia’s fifth-generation fighter — the PAK-FA — staged an air show for Russian President Prime Minister Vladimir Putin back in May. Russian TV showed a few clips of what was then the 16th flight of the prototype called the T-50.A new video posted on YouTube on 13 October reveals nearly 2 minutes of new footage […]

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